In South Florida, consistent exposure from the sun causes damage over time. We’re the sunshine state for a reason, but dark sunspots that appear throughout the body can be treated effectively through the intense pulsed light. IPL is similar to laser treatment and has little to no downtime after the procedure is completed. We have recently added this technology exclusively to our office to add to our services.
What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and What Does It Do?
Also known as photofacial and photorejuvenation, IPL is used to treat sun damage, age spots, and rosacea. The light penetrates the skin utilizing wavelengths that target red and brown spots to give a more even skin tone. Depending on the extent of the surface, multiple treatments may be needed, and results can appear from one to three procedures.
It is commonly used on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and hands. However, it can be used to remove hair, but multiple treatments are necessary because the IPL works on active hair follicles that are not always uniformly vigorous. Intense Pulsed Lighting targets color which is why it’s best for sun spots and damage on the skin. Consultations with your doctor are vital as this method is not best for those with darker skin.
Lumecca is a recent breakthrough intense pulsed light that delivers up to 3x more energy in the 500-600 nm range to improve the efficacy of vascular and pigmented lesions. It can be used for various skin types and conditions with just a single session. There are numerous IPL systems in the U.S., but the newest addition made by Inmode is top of the line technology.
In comparison to other IPL applicators, Lumecca has a sapphire cooling tip that delivers a large spot size of 1x3cm which in turn, results in high coverage, extreme efficiency, and a versatile spectrum. The issue that other IPL machines have is the lack of high-peak-power. However, Lumecca’s laser-like treatment gives it the highest peak power coming in at about 3,300 watts and is easily navigational.
Lumecca can be combined with Fractora, Forma, and injectables. Short or long pulse duration options lengthen the amount of time to treat the given area. Long pulse mode is more likely to spare the epidermis, and the short mode if more effective in treating blood vessels and lighter skin tones.